District Wide News
Congratulations to Mahnomen Volleyball coach, Vickie Anderson. She was named Minnesota Section 6A Coach of the Year for 2013. The Mahnomen varsity volleyball players presented the award to her at McKaylee Swanson nights basketball game. Pictured left to right are Miranda Halvorson, Abby Johnson, Ashley Schoenborn, Kristi Steinmetz, Nikki Ahmann, Hannah Foss, Mariah Wadena, Sarah Lavoy-Burnette, Alysssa Olson, Coach Vickie Anderson, Jennifer Kersting, Justine Haugo and Bailey Swiers. Not pictured are Ashley Johnson, Ashley Tesch and
How can a child focus on solving a math problem or memorizing a new word when she or he is trying to ignore the persistent pangs of hunger? If you are hungry, nothing else matters.
Across the country, teachers and school nurses have found that, in some instances, when Monday morning comes around, they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 5 years, North Country Food Bank, Inc. has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the weekend. Today, North Country distributes more than 4,300 bags of food to children in northwest Minnesota each month. Right here in Mahnomen approximately 266 children qualify for free and reduce lunch prices in the elementary alone. With your help, we can make sure these children have enough to eat when school is not in session.
“The effects of hunger expand well beyond the child who struggles daily for his or her next nutritious meal. Hunger significantly impacts how children grow and learn,” said Susie Novak, Executive Director of North Country Food Bank, Inc. “North Country Food Bank encourages everyone to play a role in raising awareness around the issue of child hunger and get involved in your community.”
Everyone can help put a stop to child hunger. Here are a few ways to get involved right here in Mahnomen.
- Donate funds to Mahnomen Backpack Program to support the local Backpack Program;
- Raise awareness of child hunger and the Backpack Program in our community by reaching out to friends through community organizations and social media like Facebook and Twitter;
The Backpack Program puts food directly into the hands of children in need. It is our goal to raise enough funds to provide more than 50 children in Mahnomen with a Backpack filled with food each weekend during the school year. With the support of the community, we can make sure no child has to wonder where their next meal is coming from over the weekend or during school holiday breaks.
If you have any questions or would like to donate to the program, please contact Delane Schaumburg, P.O. Box 319, Mahnomen, MN 56557 or 218-935-2211 Ext 305.